What we say
Sunningdale is a classic heathland framed by Scots pines and undoubtedly one of the finest inland layouts in Britain. The great Bobby Jones is said to have been eager to create a similar feel at Augusta National. That says it all about Sunningdale.
Even on an off day, you wouldn’t rather be anywhere else – superb use of the terrain, the highlights of which are the approach shots to the 7th green and tee shot at the 10th. Daydream material. As soon as you drive through the gates you know you are somewhere special. Breakfast followed by 18 holes on the Old, before a Sunningdale lunch and a round on the New is a perfect day. The visual appeal and variety of holes on the Old are superb.
One of the best inland courses, it tests all of your game, while providing lots of risk/reward birdie opportunities. Suffering from being too short now with modern technology, it remains a delight to play.
A very special ambience permeates this traditional heathland course. Perhaps it's because the heather, gorse and bracken are beautiful rather than intimidating, reminding everyone that this game is meant to be a fun day out. In the modern era of length is king, the Old Course isn't afraid of the classic short par 4, a real risk-reward hole which still has its place.
Sunningdale’s Old Course opened in 1901 and was laid out by Willie Park Jnr. It is widely regarded as one of the finest inland layouts in the country. It is a magical golf course in a magical setting and virtually every hole is played in splendid – and beautiful – isolation, and in harmony with nature. Sunningdale has something for everyone: subtlety, a measure of drama, and, most importantly, a wealth of pleasurable excitement. Down the years Sunningdale has staged some of golf's greatest events and 2007 is no exception - in July it hosts the European International Qualifier for The Open.
*Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman says: I like both the Old and New Courses. I was a bit concerned about the New at first because I thought it was modern but it’s 1926…I think? What I love about the Old is that in the 1920s Bobby Jones shot 66 in qualifying for The Open and said it was his perfect round.
Stay & Play: Pennyhill Park Hotel, The Cricketers and The Berystede.
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- Players Rating
- Address Ridgemount Road, , ASCOT
- Tel 01344 621681
- Website www.sunningdale-golfclub.co.uk
|Course Length||6,063 yards (5,544 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course does not have: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course has: Handicap
A majestic place to play golf - simply stunning - tradition at it's very best - well worth the green fee...